BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The WorkPlace in Bridgeport has been awarded a $14 million, five-year federal grant to help train low-income individuals for careers in health professions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said.
The grant is part of the Healthcare Professional Opportunity Program. The funds will support the Southwestern Connecticut Health CareeRx Academy to provide career training and opportunities in health professions for low-income individuals.
“From registered nurses and pharmacy technicians to dental assistants and home health aides, health care industries are hiring across Connecticut and nationwide, providing good opportunities for those with the right skills and training," said a statement from U.S Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy as well as U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro andJim Himes in a joint statement.
"This substantial, multi-year award will provide that specialized, critical training to low-income individuals in Fairfield and New Haven, opening doors to well paid, stable professional careers," they said.
"The WorkPlace has a long, nationally recognized track record in training and preparing individuals who excel in their new careers, and we applaud the Department of Health and Human Services for this wise investment,” they continued.
“We are committed to preparing the unemployed with skills and supports needed to obtain employment and sustain themselves and their families,” said Joseph Carbone, president and CEO of The WorkPlace. “The Southwestern Connecticut Health CareeRx Academy is a partnership with the region's colleges and training providers designed to deliver promising and innovative career pathways programs while strengthening the workforce for employers. Our great appreciation goes to Senators Blumenthal and Murphy as well as Congressmen Himes and DeLauro for their support of this opportunity.”
The Academy will serve Fairfield County and a portion of New Haven County, and will work with the region's colleges and other training providers to design and offer education/preparation for over a dozen occupations, including registered nurses, radiologic technologists, pharmacy technicians and other health care occupations.
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